Parents using a babysitter

Babysitting Tips for Parents

(Find and Hire Babysitters with Confidence)

Trusting your children with someone you don’t know can be stressful. At Kidsit, we aim to provide parents with tools, tips and advice to make babysitting easier, safer, and a more rewarding experience for your whole family.

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20 Questions To Ask Babysitter References (Plus Bonus Checklist)

Use our babysitter reference questions to quickly and easily vet potential candidates and find the best sitter for your family

Family going on vacation

Vacation Babysitters (12 Solutions For Relaxing Family Holidays)

We cover the best childcare options that are available to families while on vacation that both kids and parents will love.

Babysitter and child with separation anxiety

How To Prepare Your Child For A Babysitter (9 Separation Anxiety Tips)

Solve separation anxiety issues by trying our 9 handy tips and you can be leaving your child with a babysitter sooner than you think!

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How To Hire A Babysitter For New Year's Eve (Cost & Requirements)

Learn how to hire a babysitter for New Year's Eve, what the requirements are, whether you need a backup sitter, and how much it will cost you!

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How Soon Can You Leave Your Baby With A Babysitter?

Learn how long parents typically wait before hiring a babysitter, what the social norms are, and how you can ease into it to minimize any issues.

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How To Prepare For Your First Babysitter (15 Essential Tips)

Learn how to prepare your home, your child, and yourself for your first babysitter so you can finally enjoy a dinner date or night out for the first time in months!

Autistic child with babysitter and parent

How to Find a Babysitter for an Autistic Child (The Complete Guide)

This guide will answer all of your questions about finding, vetting, teaching, and working with the right babysitter for your autistic child.

Is Daycare Cheaper than a Nanny? (Full Price Breakdown)

Learn about the pros, cons, and costs of both daycare programs and hiring a nanny, plus we investigate some alternatives to consider.

The Best Ways to Hire a Babysitter (The Complete Guide)

Follow our step by step guide to hiring a babysitter from start to finish including screening, interviewing, performing background checks, and making an offer.

What is a Babysitter? (And Why Parent's Love Them)

Learn exactly what a babysitter is, what job duties they do, the hours they work, how much they charge, and how they can help your family.

Babysitter background check

How to Run a Background Check on a Babysitter (The Complete Guide)

Learn the types of babysitter background checks that are available for safety and peace of mind and which ones are right for you.

Can You Write Off Babysitting Expenses? (Babysitting Tax Guide For Parents)

Learn what babysitting expenses parents are eligible for, and receive a tax credit or deduction. It can save you thousands of dollars!

Babysitter search

What to Look For in a Babysitter (12 Essential Qualities)

Learn which qualities and characteristics a babysitter should have that make them a great caregiver your whole family will love.

Bad babysitter

Warning Signs of a Bad Babysitter (18 Red Flags to Watch Out For!)

Learn the warning signs of a bad babysitter so you can take action as soon as possible and keep your family safe.

Babysitter vs Nanny (Which Is Best For Your Family?)

Make the right choice for your family by learning the subtle differences between babysitters and nannies and their typical responsibilities.

29 Jobs For New Moms (Who Can't Afford A Babysitter)

Learn which jobs are super flexible and let you work around your existing childcare schedule and earn some extra money!

Babysitter pay

Babysitter Pay (The Complete Guide for Parents)

Learn how much babysitters get paid in various countries and cities, and how to price a babysitter for your specific situation.

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What to Give a Babysitter for Christmas (29 Gift Ideas)

Discover the best holiday gift for your babysitter that's not stressful or costs a lot of money but still shows them that you care.

37 Babysitter Pranks (Funny, Harmless & Easy to Do!)

Be aware that pulling a prank on your babysitter means you're probably going to get one in return. So make sure you can handle the consequences!

Benefits Of Hiring A Babysitter (42 Unexpected Advantages)

Learn some non-obvious benefits when it comes to hiring a babysitter for your child or children. We'll also touch on a few of the disadvantages to consider.

Interviewing a babysitter

How To Interview A Babysitter (Essential Tips & Trusted Techniques)

Follow our tips to make sure the interview process goes smoothly and read our general guide on how the process should work.

Do Babysitters Wash Dishes & Do Other Chores? (What to Expect)

Learn whether a babysitter should do any cleaning as well as what types of cleaning you should and shouldn't expect them to do.

What Information Do You Leave for a Babysitter? (Bonus Checklist Below)

Give your babysitter all the information they need by printing out our handy parent details form. Never forget important instructions.

How to Fire a Babysitter Politely (Plus 10 Reasons to Let Them Go)

Learn how to fire your babysitter nicely and as smoothly as possible. As well as reasons you might fire a babysitter and reasons why you probably shouldn't.

Nanny cam

Is It Legal to Record a Babysitter? (What the Law Says)

Learn the basic laws that various countries have about recording people with or without their consent, and see the pros and cons of using a nanny cam.

43 Babysitter Interview Questions (And What Responses to Look For)

Make sure your babysitter is capable, experienced, is a great fit for your family, and has a great personality too by asking the right questions.

What to Do When You Can't Find a Babysitter? (Try Our 13 Sitter Alternatives)

Your best option is to reach out to family and friends for a favor. If they aren't able to help, try our list of creative alternatives.

What Age Do You Stop Needing A Babysitter? (Age & Maturity Guide)

Learn how old, mature and capable your kids need to be before you can be comfortable leaving them home without a babysitter.

How Often Do You Use a Babysitter? (Learn What's Right For You)

The majority of families will need to hire a babysitter between once per week and 1-2 times per month but it depends on your family's individual needs.

How Many Babies Can a Babysitter Watch?

Babysitters can take care of more than one child at once. But there is a limit on how many kids a babysitter can watch effectively.

Can You Sue a Babysitter? (What the Law Says)

To successfully win a lawsuit against a negligent babysitter, you'll need to prove a duty of care, a breach of their duty, and causation.

Is it Safe to Hire a Male Babysitter? (Facts and Stats You Should Know)

A male babysitter can be just as safe, caring, and responsible as a female one. Compare their qualifications and recommendations just like other candidates.

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Can a Babysitter Take a Child to the Doctor? (How to Grant Permission)

Learn what paperwork is required to allow your babysitter to take your child to the doctor if you’re unavailable to do so.

Overnight babysitter

How Old Should An Overnight Babysitter Be? (Safety Guide)

Learn how to choose a mature and capable babysitter that can keep your kids safe on overnight sitting jobs.

Parent discussing payment during a babysitter interview

Do You Pay a Babysitter for an Interview? (When to Pay Guide)

It's not normal to pay a babysitter for an interview, however, for babysitting, there's one key exception you should know.

Babysitter eating a sandwich and an apple

Do You Provide Dinner for Your Babysitter? (Try These 8 Easy Food Ideas)

Learn what babysitters expect from parents when it comes to food. If you decide to provide dinner, try our 8 easy food ideas that are perfect for babysitters on the job.